New York Stalking Charge Defense Lawyers
We are defending our clients from charges of stalking much more often than in the past. Stalking involves following someone or attempting to communicate with them repeatedly in a way that causes the person to feel threatened. Stalking was a crime that was rarely charged in New York until recently, when the New York Court of Appeals found the aggravated harassment law mostly unconstitutional. In many domestic violence situations in the past, especially when there was unwanted email, text or phone calls from one partner to the other during a fight or breakup, police in New York charged people with aggravated harassment. Since the Court of Appeals decision, the police and district attorneys have changed tactics, charging people with stalking for the same behavior, even if the actions don’t really fit the language or intention of that law.
Stalking charges are viewed as much more serious than aggravated harassment, and can carry much more serious penalties. According to New York Penal Law, there are four stalking-related criminal offenses. These are stalking in the fourth degree, stalking in the third degree, stalking in the second degree and stalking in the first degree. Stalking in the third and fourth degrees are categorized as misdemeanors while stalking in the first and second degrees are felonies. Felony stalking charges are more common, which means time in jail is much more likely in the event of a conviction. When you are facing these types of charges, turn to the Brill Legal Group for experienced representation.
Do not fight stalking charges alone. Contact the Brill Legal Group. Call 888-315-9841 for a free consultation. We have offices in New York City and across Long Island to better serve you.
We Can Help You Fight These Serious Charges
A former assistant prosecutor in Nassau County, attorney Peter Brill understands the serious nature of all domestic violence-related charges and how to help you navigate the legal system.
Prosecutors often rely on a written or electronic paper trail to establish a pattern of behavior. Our lawyers can examine text messages, emails and phone records between you and the person you are accused of stalking to find weaknesses in the case against you. We employ investigators and computer forensic experts to challenge the government’s evidence and the credibility of the prosecution’s witnesses.
Our law firm has extensive experience dealing with celebrity stalking cases and others that stem from dating relationships and marriages. We understand how sometimes people will use allegations such as stalking or harassment to gain leverage in divorce or child custody disputes. If your case goes to trial, we know how to expose these false allegations.
Call the Brill Legal Group Today for Help
If you are convicted of stalking, you could face jail time, fines, probation or even a combination of these punishments. The sentence you receive will be determined by the nature of your stalking offense. The consequences of a stalking conviction are serious and can have a negative long-term impact. Having a lifelong criminal record may limit employment opportunities and harm personal relationships. As such, it is essential to have experienced representation that can help you fight such charges.
Our law firm takes your right to a presumption of innocence until proven guilty seriously. We will treat you with the respect you deserve and work to help you find the best outcome for your case. We will not just settle for a quick plea that does not protect your interests.
To learn more about how we can help, contact us online or call 888-315-9841 to schedule a consultation. We serve clients throughout the New York metro area, including near Hauppauge and Huntington.